In terms of quantity, people are advised to have enough supplies for seven to 10 days, Devoe says. “We saw in Sandy, Irene and Lee that just a three-day supply of food and water was not enough, because in some instances emergency first responders can’t get to somebody in 48 hours.”
1. Bottled water
Plan on making a beeline straight toward the water bottles the second you enter the store. “We’re asking people to be self-sufficient … so the most important is bottled water, a gallon per person per day,” Devoe says.
2. Ready-to-eat canned foods
Campers know that canned food with a long shelf life is key. Devoe recommends all types, such as vegetables, fruits, beans, fish, poultry and pasta. You should also consider juice and powdered milk that don’t need to be refrigerated; since people have different appetites and require different amounts of food, Devoe suggests using your best judgement from there.
“Don’t stock up on perishable foods, because if you lose power it’s very, very possible [it will spoil],” Devoe warns. “Always try to stick with non-perishable items; that’s really the key.”
3. Instant coffee and tea bags
If a morning without electricity and no working coffeemaker gives you nightmares, pick up some instant coffee and tea bags.
4. Pantry staples
Make sure your pantry is well stocked on the basics, such as sugar, pepper and salt.
5. High-energy foods
You know, the stuff that hikers pack: Granola, trail mix, energy bars and peanut butter will provide your body with much needed energy during the cold temperatures.
6. Chocolate bars and hard candy
Consider picking up sweet treats that provide quick boosts of energy, Devoe says.
7. Pet food
They’ve always been loyal to you and now’s the time to return the favor. Don’t forget to get enough dry pet food for your furry friend.
8. Specialty food for infants or the elderly
Don’t forget about special needs, such as formula for babies or high vitamin and mineral shakes for the elderly, Devoe adds.
If you rely on medication, it’s important to look at both how much you have at home and also how long its shelf life is. This is especially true if it must be refrigerated, since you might lose power sometime during the storm. If you’re unsure, check with your doctor.
10. Hygienic supplies
Just because the power is out doesn’t mean your hygiene has to go as well. Don’t ignore the cleaning aisles and make sure to grab a few extras of toilet paper, moistened wipes and hand sanitizer.
11. Extra utilities
Think about grabbing extra batteries, flashlights, a battery-operated radio and even a solar charger for your phone, because it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Check out this short training video by the DHSES for even more ways to keep your family and home safe during these stormy times.
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